Inside Story (Over-Exposure) Gil Elvgren, 1961.

Have you heard of the new backscatter scanning technique that some airports consider to install?

These kind of scanning is getting in under your clothes and shows your body contours (bones and muscles only) on a monitor, making sure that you’re not hiding anything under your clothes. It’s not like a real nude photo.

It’s supposed to shorten the lines at the security control by 4 seconds per passenger, as it is a machine and not the airport staff that are doing the security control. It may sounds like a small time gain, but if you’re hundreds of passengers, every little minute counts.

The Swedish Civil Aviation Administration are not planning any scanning like this for the moment, but I’ve read that Norway’s Avinor wants to install it.

This kind of Security Scan produces the image using millimeter wave reflection technology, so it’s not like other body scans that use a x-ray that goes through your body to visualize any eventual swallowed items.

The passengers privacy is respected by placing the image analyst staff who is viewing the image, in another closed room and the passenger’s head is not shown. It’s also their duty to keep secret.

Some voices are really upset over this kind of scanning and claims that it’s rude and an assault on your personal integrity.

Personally I would welcome this kind of scan if it can minimize the need for hand searches, I’d rather have a machine bouncing waves on my skin, than some stranger ;-)

I’ll never understand all this talk about integrity. I don’t have anything to hide, so for me it’s without significance. So what? Hospital staff have seen my body real naked and not only the contours, not to mention all those different kind of changing rooms I’ve been in. It’s not like they’re going to sell the images on the market….

If there is anything that can increase the security during the flights, I’m only grateful, because it’s my life they’re protecting.

I rather live with “nude” photos than risking some maniacs attack on the airplane. Some say that it’s only the beginning of all controls that will be made of us, but so what? If it’s for safety I’m all into it.

You see, I wanna live…

Have you experienced this kind of scanning? What did you think about it?

Another flight Attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing on a flight in real life: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”

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